Horizon Lanka Foundation was started with a single PC given by Sanjeewa Wickramanayake of eWIS through Mr and Mrs Gaminitillakes. Earlier the PC was kept at Mr Nandasiri Wanninayaka‘s house and we learnt computers from there. But later we received few more used PCs from Slimline (MAS Holdings) and HopperTravels and there was no room to keep those PCs. Then Mr Wanninayaka asked the students to keep PCs at their houses till the computer lab was built. Later, it was found out that by keeping PCs at students’ houses became very productive as students’ computer knowledge was improved very fast. But we had to return the PCs to the main lab once the computer lab was completed.
Still Mr Wanninayaka wanted to keep PCs at our homes too. The solution was to provide a computer for each family. The project came into shape with that idea. The Digital Butterflies project encourages the students to save money in order to purchase a computer and when the savings reach 5,000 LKR (50 USD) the student can join the waiting list of the Digital Butterflies.
In Sri Lanka a used Pentium 1 or 2 could be bought for around 10,000 LKR (100 USD) those days. When we receive inquiries from prospective donors, the project directs them to the waiting list and they are able to donate the rest of the money to buy the PC. The project is a subproject of Horizon Lanka Foundation but acts as a separate entity
Iresha Dilhani was lucky to get the first PC from this project on 4th of November, 2001. By now there are around 50 PCs in the village. You can help another student to get a PC by donating 5,000 LKR. Contact email@example.com for it. Or call 077-7702678.